In the Spirit of Matisse: A Reader's "Red Studio"

In the Spirit of Matisse: A Reader's "Red Studio"

Mark Chamberlain
Sep 22, 2009

This just in over the transom: reader Randall found my Matisse post in archive and sent me his own red studio, eager to share. Thrilled, I wrote back for further info and picked up the correspondence.

I originally wrote about Matisse's painting as a source of inspiration: why not a red studio instead of bright white one? I'm a painter too, and work in a black/brown studio — it's what makes me feel at home.

Technically, Randall of Kramer Design Studio describes his process in terms of much rag-rolling and artistically dabbing of colors in paints I'm not sure I'm familiar with. Suffice it to say, he's created a rich mottled red all his own.

The photo itself was styled and shot by Laurie Rubin. As I said in my original article, the 18th century Brits favored red as a color for portrait galleries — maybe it's the pasty skin tone — and here we see it in a contemporary light. Thanks, and great idea.

(Images: Laurie Rubin, The Red Studio by Henri Matisse)

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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